Halloween is just around the corner!! Did you already celebrate over the weekend? Halloween on a Thursday is awkward, so that’s fair if you did. But if you didn’t and you want to be suuuuuupes adorbs, you should totally make these spider cookies! The cookie is made with almond butter, but you can use peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini – whatever wets your whistle. I normally make my cookies with peanut butter because that’s way tastier than almond butter. Sure, it’s not paleo, but I like to live my life on the edge, ya know?
I’m not sure where you live right now, but I’m currently in FREEZING COLD Colorado. We had a snowstorm on Friday last week, then Monday, now it’s back at it again on Tuesday all the way into Wednesday. It’s always so depressing when it snows right before Halloween because children are incredibly desperate to trick-or-treat their way into disgusting candy that they can hold onto for months until mice get ahold of it under their bed. We wouldn’t want that! It’s also depressing because it simply is just hard to leave the house in this kind of weather. Do I want to deal with my car doors freezing shut and therefore having to scrape my windows off with my credit card since I can’t get into my car to get the scraper? The answer is no. So will I leave my house today? It’s hard to say.
I normally leave the house in the mornings to work from a coffee shop since I don’t have an actual office at home, but soon that will change!! T-minus 28 days until we move into our new house!! Even though we are only moving 5 minutes away from our current house, we are still planning to use movers. For the sake of our marriage. I remember moving only 20 minutes 5 years ago and it was miserable. I think moving really shines a light on your communication skills, and ours was obviously lacking 5 years ago. We scraped a lot of walls in the process of that move. So we decided to keep our marriage strong and hire people this time around. I’ve heard some horror stories with movers, but our realtor recommended one so I’m hoping everything goes smoothly, especially since it’s only 5 minutes away. These movers come in and pack EVERYTHING for you, move everything, then unpack it all. How freaking awesome is that?!? That way I can just go work throughout the day while the move happens. Tell me your moving stories! Better yet, tell me how you got your animal acclimated and comfortable in a new house! I’m so nervous about moving Jackson from the only house he’s ever known!
- 1 cup thick almond butter (or other nut butter)
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg, whisked
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
For the spider toppings
- 24 chocolate covered dried cherries (or walnuts, other nuts, or other chocolate covered dried fruit)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter, optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together almond butter and coconut sugar using a large spoon. Then add egg and mix again until well combined.
- Then add the tapioca and coconut flour, baking soda, vanilla, and salt then mix to combined.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out around 2 tablespoons of dough and make into a round ball. Place parchment paper lined baking sheet. This dough will create about 12 cookies.
- Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from baking sheet to place on cooling rack to cool completely.
- Once cookies are cool, place cookies back onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet, then melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Once melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate to the bottom of a chocolate covered cherry then press on one side of the cookie. Repeat with another cherry and press down into the cookie next to the other cherry, creating the body of the spider. Repeat with the rest of the cookies then place in the fridge for 5 minutes to harden the chocolate and keep the cherries in place.
- Pour the rest of the melted chocolate into a ziploc bag into one of the corners of the bag. Cut off a very small piece of the corner of the bag. Squeeze the bag like you would if you were piping icing on a cake. Squeeze the melted chocolate to the middle of the two chocolate covered cherries then drag down the cookie to the baking sheet. Repeat, creating 4 chocolate legs on each side of each cookie.
- Last but not least (this step is optional), melt coconut butter until slightly soft, but not too runny. Use a toothpick to dot 2 eyes on each cookie then place in the fridge to harden the coconut butter.
- NOW you can eat them! Store in fridge.
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